Women’s basketball: Courtney Range has knee sprain

Cal sophomore forward Courtney Range, who sustained a left knee sprain in the Golden Bears’ game at Kansas, is out indefinitely but expected to return to play this season, the school announced.

Range will be evaluated throughout her rehab, although no timetable was set for her return. She started the team’s first eight games and averages 14.3 points and 8.1 rebounds.

The 18th-ranked Bears return to action Saturday at Long Beach State.


Women’s basketball: Cal duo on Naismith list

Cal seniors Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray both have been included on the 50-player Naismith Trophy watch list, announced by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.

Cal is one of eight schools in the country with two nominees for the award.

Both were named to the preseason Wooden Award and Wade Watch Lists earlier this season. It is the second consecutive season that Boyd has been selected to the Naismith Trophy watch list.

Boyd is averaging 13.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, an NCAA-best 9.1 assists and 3.25 steals per game. She is the only player in the country to have registered two triple-doubles this season.

Gray leads the Bears with a 21.1 scoring average while adding 5.6 rebounds per game. She ranks No. 3 in the NCAA in field goal percentage at .677.


Women’s basketball: Boyd is Player of the Week

Both Cal point guards were honored by the Pac-12 on Monday, as senior Brittany Boyd of the women’s team joined Tyrone Wallace as Players of the Week in the conference.

Boyd averaged a triple-double for two games, posting numbers of 11.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 10.0 assists.

The Berkeley High grad had her second career double vs. Sacramento State, totaling 11 points, 19 rebounds and a school record-tying 16 assists. In a loss at Kansas on Sunday, Boyd had five steals to become the school’s career record-holder with 296.

She leads the nation in assists at 9.1 per game and is the only player in the country two triple-doubles.


Women’s basketball: Bears routed at Kansas

Expect the No. 10 Golden Bears to tumble in the rankings this week after a 62-39 loss at Kansas, their first of the season.

Cal (8-1) shot 24.2 percent for the game, just 18.2 percent in the second half.  The Jayhawks (7-2) led 36-20 by halftime.

Senior guard Brittany Boyd had 12 points, five steals, four rebounds and four assists to lead Cal. She set the all-time Cal steals mark with 296, surpassing Mazetta Garrett’s career total of 295 set during the 1979-84 seasons.

Cal had a season-low six assists. The Bears entered the game ranked second nationally at 23.6 assists per game.


Women’s basketball: Boyd, Gray lead high-scoring win

Seniors Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray put up huge numbers and the No. 10 Cal women (7-0) posted a 107-94 win over Sacramento State (1-5) on Wednesday at Haas Pavilion.

Boyd had her second triple-double of the season (the third of her career) with 11 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and 16 assists, matching a Cal school record in the latter category. She also had four steals.

Gray scored a season-high 37 points to go with 10 rebounds, six blocked shots and four steals.

The Bears, who are averaging 103.7 points over their past three games, also got 21 points from Courtney Range and 14 each from Mercedes Jefflo and Brittany Shine.

Cal returns to action on the road Sunday against Kansas at famed Allen Fieldhouse. Tipoff is 3 p.m. on FoxSports1.


Women’s basketball: Bears host school kids before facing Sacramento State

More than 2,000 East Bay elementary and middle school students will make a special field trip to Haas Pavilion on Wednesday morning for “School Haas Rock,” an educational assembly preceding the 10th-ranked Cal women’s 11 a.m. game against Sacramento State.

Doors will open at Haas at 9:30 a.m. in advance a pre-game assembly at 10:20 a.m. Scheduled to appear at the event are David Surratt, Associate Dean of Students at UC Berkeley, former Golden Bear and current WNBA player Layshia Clarendon, members of the Cal spirit groups and the Cal Steel Bridge Team.

“It’s a really important part of our mission as a program to be involved with our community,” California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “’School Haas Rock’ is going to be an amazing event that allows our team to impact and inspire the youth of Berkeley, Oakland and the surrounding areas.

“Our student-athletes love getting out into the community and interacting with our fans, particularly kids. Wednesday will allow us to bring the kids into our environment, have them see campus, cheer on some exciting Cal Bear basketball, and walk away having had an experience that will continue to impact them positively even after the game is over.”

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Women’s basketball: Brittany Boyd leads Bears to title

Senior guard Brittany Boyd had 14 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals in just 22 minutes, leading No. 14 Cal to a 94-69 win over Creighton in the championship game of the Cal Classic.

Boyd, who had a triple-double in the Bears’ opening tournament game, was named MVP. Cal (6-0) has won its own tournament four years in a row.

Senior forward Reshanda Gray scored 21 points on 7 for 8 from the field and added eight rebounds. Courtney Range added 17 points and Justine Hartman scored 13.


Women’s basketball: Boyd delivers 2nd triple-double

Senior guard and All-America candidate Brittany Boyd logged her second career triple-double, leading the No. 14 Cal women (5-0) to a 110-87 win over San Jose State on Friday night in the opening round of the Cal Classic.

Boyd had 11 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists to become just the second player in Pac-12 history with at least two triple-doubles. Former Stanford star Nicole Powell had six during the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.

Senior Reshanda Gray scored 23 points for the Bears. Freshman Mikayla Cowling shot 2 for 4 from the 3-point arc in an 18-point performance and is converting 66.7 percent (12 for 18) on the season.

Cal faces Creighton (3-2) in Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. title game at Haas Pavilion after the Bluejays beat Cincinnati 63-52.


Women’s basketball: No. 15 Bears rout Pacific in opener

Sophomore Courtney Range scored a career-high 27 points and the No. 15 Cal women opened their season with an 84-64 win at Pacific.

Range, whose previous career high was 12 points, also grabbed 11 rebounds for her third career double-double. She shot 10 for 13 from the floor.

Senior forward Reshanda Gray had 17 points and seven rebounds in just 18 minutes and senior guard Brittany Boyd had 12 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Freshman forward Mikayla Cowling scored 18 points in her college debut, 17 of them in the second half. She also had seven rebounds.

The Bears improved to 23-2 all-time vs. the Tigers.


Women’s basketball: VanDerveer shares with Gottlieb

A terrific story by Janie McCauley of the Associated Press.

Read and ask yourself, “Would a men’s basketball coach ever do this?”


By Janie McCauley, Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. — Sleep-deprived and feeling a bit down, coach Lindsay Gottlieb took a stroll last March a day after California’s season ended in the NCAA tournament. She was still absorbing being abruptly thrown into the offseason.

Her phone buzzed with a text message. Hall of Fame Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, whose team was still playing, wrote: “Do you have any scholarships left?”

Gottlieb had an open spot — but wanted to know who her colleague was talking about. VanDerveer provided a quick rundown on a 6-foot-3 forward from New Zealand named Penina Davidson. Gottlieb texted back with one word, “Interested!!!!!!” with “about 5,000 exclamation points,” she said.

The rival coaches worked together to find Davidson a new home when the young woman’s test scores didn’t get her into Stanford, a thoughtful gesture by both sides not seen every day in college athletics.

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